September 2019
2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO
Join us on Friday, October 11, 2019, to celebrate the career and contributions of trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader Charles Tolliver at the 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Beginning at 5:30 pm, guests will enjoy a reception in the Kimmel Center Hamilton Garden where the 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award will be presented to Mr. Tolliver. At 8:00 pm, guests will be treated to a concert by Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation Band with a special appearance by the 2018 Living Legacy honoree, Toshiko Akiyoshi in the Perelman Theater.
In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Living Legacy Jazz Award, previous Legacy winners will join us as our guests for the evening.

Tickets are $150 per person and include admission to the Award event, reception, and the Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation Band concert. A limited number of tables are also available for purchase. For more information or to purchase tickets, tables, or program ads, please contact Karen Newell at or via telephone at 410.539.6656 x104.

Image: Charles Tolliver: Credit: Jimmy Katz.
Alan Cooper Award Program Accepting Nominations
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award! Named after MAAF's Executive Director from 1994-2017, the Alan Cooper Award honors an active arts leader who has impacted the arts sector in meaningful ways including creating model programs, developing innovative partnerships, and embodying dedication to the arts and diverse creative expression.
Nominations are being accepted through Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Eligible nominees will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the arts within MAAF's nine state region of DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, or WV. For more information, please click here .
For more information, please contact Adam “Bo” Plantz at  or via telephone at 410.539.6656 x102. 
2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Announced!
Member of Rare Essence stand on stage during a live performance. Four vocalists are at the front of the stage and instrumentalists back them up.  The stage is bathed in a purple light and the audience is visible in the front of the shot.
Fee support grants are available to mid-Atlantic presenters (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, WV) booking roster artists for engagements taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. 
There is no application process for Mid Atlantic Tours funding, but funds are limited. Presenters are encouraged to pursue this opportunity and secure artist engagements as soon as possible by directly contacting the artists' respective agents. 
Here are the 2020-2021 selected artists:
Acrobuffos  (NY, USA) – Wordless, poetic performance of contemporary circus paying homage to the power of air
Ak Dan Gwang Chil  (Seoul, South Korea) – Sacred gut (ritual) and minyo (folk song) traditions of North Korea
Choir!Choir!Choir!  (Ontario, Canada) – The audience is the choir! Just show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love
The Honey Dewdrops  (MD, USA) – Americana duo with harmony soaked songs and mastery of their instruments’ acoustic tones
Rare Essence  (DC, USA) - Washington’s premier Go-Go band for more than four decades
Sonia De Los Santos  (NJ, USA) - A bright voice in bilingual children's music inspired by Latin American rhythms and U.S. folk traditions
Tentacle Tribe  (Quebec, Canada) - An innovative dance company with a unique brand of conceptual hip–hop
For more information on the 2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours artists and booking agent contact information, please  click here . For booking guidelines,  click here .
Questions? contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at 

Image: Rare Essence. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
American Folklore Society Meeting Come to Baltimore!
We are pleased to welcome members of the American Folklore Society (AFS) to Baltimore October 16-19 for their Annual Meeting. Our Program Officer, Jess Porter, is part of the Local Planning Team who has been working with AFS to put together three days of sessions, meetings, and special events around the theme Community Driven. To access the Meeting program, click here. While preregistration is closed, you can still register on-site at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor. There are also a number of pre-conference tours and events for those arriving early to explore. Learn more about the meeting and get information on registration at the conference site.
On Screen/In Person October
This October, On Screen/In Person brings Badger Creek  and  The Thick Dark Fog to host sites in the mid-Atlantic region with filmmaker Jonathan Skurnik.
Badger Creek  is the documentary portrait of a Blackfeet (Pikuni) family, the Mombergs, who live on the lower Blackfeet Reservation in Montana near the banks of Badger Creek. In addition to running a prosperous ranching business, they practice a traditional Blackfeet cultural lifestyle that sustains and nourishes them. The film takes us through a year in the life of the family, and through four seasons of the magnificent and traditional territory of the Pikuni Nation.
Walter Littlemoon was forced to attend a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago, where any expression of native identity was met with beatings, humiliation, and abuse. After carrying this unresolved trauma into adulthood, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain his past abusive behaviors to his estranged children. But dealing with the memories of his boarding school days nearly put an end to the project.  The Thick Dark Fog  tells the story of how Walter confronted his past so that he could heal himself and his community.
Upcoming USArtists International Webinars
A group of dancers in black leotards pose in front of a white background.  Some of the dancers use wheelchairs and some do not.
Thinking of applying at the November 22, 2019 deadline for USAI? Sign-up for one of our upcoming webinars for tips, info, and what to expect when you open that application!

USArtists International: Am I eligible?

USArtists International: Am I eligible?  provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar highlights updates to the program guidelines. Get a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program can benefit from this webinar.

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants

This webinar is for artists planning to apply for USArtists International. The webinar reviews the online application, the panel process, and provides helpful tips to applicants interested in strengthening their applications and avoiding common mistakes.

Image: The Dancing Wheels Company (OH) will travel to the Luminous Festival in China with USAI support. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
MAAF Staff On the Road
PAE (Performing Arts Exchange), Orlando, September 23-26
Visit Program Officer, Performing Arts, Haowen Wang at Booth 305. Haowen will also host a MAAF Information Session on Tuesday, September 24, from 8-9am in Curacao 3. 

What we saw at Western Arts Alliance and the Arts Midwest Conference...
  • Thanks to all who stopped at WAA to talk about Performing Arts Global Exchange and USArtists International!
  • The Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) program deepens support for Indigenous performing artists and touring networks in ways that are rooted in the shared values of openness, inclusion, equity and generosity. The initiative aims to provide educational and professional development resources for US-based Indigenous artists and presenters that will build audiences for Indigenous performing arts.  
  • The field celebrated Arts Midwest President Emeritus David Fraher and wished him well in his retirement. And then David reminded us all of why we do our work and to look for that "black dog" with his wonderful departing words.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • Center for Craft, Creativity, & Design Invites Applications for Artist Fellowship, in which two grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice. Examples of craft research identified by the center include but are not limited to archive and museum-based research; material innovations and experimentation; and process-oriented research/innovation. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

  • Bronx Council on the Arts Invites Applications for 2020 Community Engagement Grants, which offer funding to support community-centered arts and culture projects that aim to contribute to the cultural life of the borough. Applications are accepted from individual artists, artist collectives, and nonprofit arts and community organizations for projects in a wide variety of disciplines. Deadline: October 7, 2019.

  • The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation is accepting applications for its Philanthropic Arts (“P/Arts”) Program. The program seeks to promote the teaching power of the arts and, to that end, invites applicants from Florida, New York, New England, or the District of Columbia that have a good idea for how the arts and education can be combined to create a more immersive and engaging atmosphere for learners. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

  • Unlimited is an arts commissioning program that aims to embed exceptional work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors. In partnership with the British Council, Unlimited is offering a paid professional development placement for a disabled person who is based outside of the UK and is working (or beginning to work) as an arts producer, curator or arts administrator. Deadline: October 14, 2019, Noon GMT.

  • The Sphinx Organization is the Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Their Sphinx Tank program invites arts & cultural entrepreneurs of color to pitch their projects to a panel of experts for the chance to win the top $25,000 grant or the $10,000 audience choice grant. Deadline: October 16th, 2019.